2014 Top Franchises from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 List

Our 37th Annual Franchise 500 ranking reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth.

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  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 101
Home Helpers/Direct Link

Home Helpers/Direct Link

Medical/nonmedical personal care

Initial Investment: $68K - $127K

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# 102
Rooter-Man

Rooter-Man

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Initial Investment: $47K - $138K

# 103
CertaPro Painters Ltd.

CertaPro Painters Ltd.

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $130K - $163K

# 104
Marco's Franchising LLC

Marco's Franchising LLC

Pizza, subs, wings, cheese bread

Initial Investment: $222K - $547K

# 105
Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Mobile locksmith and security services

Initial Investment: $100K - $135K

# 106
Travelodge

Travelodge

Hotels

Initial Investment: $173K - $7.5M

# 107
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab

HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab

Chiropractic, rehab, nutrition and wellness services

Initial Investment: $58K - $249K

# 108
Charleys Philly Steaks

Charleys Philly Steaks

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, lemonade

Initial Investment: $153K - $450K

# 109
Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

Family steakhouse, buffet and bakery

Initial Investment: $2M - $5.5M

# 110
Carvel

Carvel

Ice cream, ice-cream cakes

Initial Investment: $250K - $383K

# 111
Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz

Lego-engineering classes, camps, parties

Initial Investment: $34K - $51K

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# 112
Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision

Eye care and eyewear

Initial Investment: $410K - $614K

# 113
Goddard Systems Inc.

Goddard Systems Inc.

Preschool/educational child care

Initial Investment: $707K - $751K

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# 114
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

In-home tutoring

Initial Investment: $33K - $57K

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# 115
Plato's Closet

Plato's Closet

Teen- and young-adult-clothing resale store

Initial Investment: $231K - $398K

# 116
Menchie's

Menchie's

Self-serve frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $218K - $385K

# 117
Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning

Supplemental and enrichment education

Initial Investment: $187K - $282K

# 118
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $33K - $43K

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# 119
Pita Pit Inc.

Pita Pit Inc.

Pita sandwiches

Initial Investment: $166K - $323K

# 120
Knights Inn

Knights Inn

Hotels

Initial Investment: $109K - $7.4M

# 121
Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Newsstand and sundry store

Initial Investment: $56K - $502K

# 122
Ramada Worldwide

Ramada Worldwide

Hotels

Initial Investment: $196K - $13.1M

# 123
American Leak Detection

American Leak Detection

Concealed water, gas and sewer leak-detection

Initial Investment: $77K - $260K

# 124
Novus Glass

Novus Glass

Auto glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $47K - $229K

# 125
Cost Cutters Family Hair Care

Cost Cutters Family Hair Care

Family hair salon

Initial Investment: $140K - $287K

# 126
HomeVestors of America Inc.

HomeVestors of America Inc.

Home buying, repair and selling

Initial Investment: $42K - $347K

# 127
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt

Initial Investment: $223K - $428K

# 128
Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Upscale hotels and resorts

Initial Investment: $56M - $97.1M

# 129
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 130
Right at Home Inc.

Right at Home Inc.

Home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $78K - $132K

# 131
Baymont Inn & Suites

Baymont Inn & Suites

Hotels

Initial Investment: $172K - $6.4M

# 132
Jet's Pizza

Jet's Pizza

Pizza, subs, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $351K - $615K

# 133
CruiseOne

CruiseOne

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $3K - $22K

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# 134
N-Hance

N-Hance

Wood floor and cabinet refinishing

Initial Investment: $24K - $145K

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# 135
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Upscale extended-stay hotels

Initial Investment: $9.9M - $20.5M

# 136
Del Taco LLC

Del Taco LLC

Mexican/American food

Initial Investment: $898K - $1.8M

# 137
EmbroidMe

EmbroidMe

Embroidery, screen printing, promotional products

Initial Investment: $94K - $256K

# 138
Schlotzsky's

Schlotzsky's

Sandwiches, pizza, salads

Initial Investment: $504K - $787K

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# 139
Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton

Upscale hotels and resorts

Initial Investment: $35.5M - $62.4M

# 140
First Choice Haircutters

First Choice Haircutters

Family hair salon

Initial Investment: $182K - $274K

# 141
Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor

Tutoring

Initial Investment: $66K - $104K

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# 142
Steamatic Inc.

Steamatic Inc.

Insurance/disaster restoration, cleaning, mold remediation

Initial Investment: $137K - $162K

# 143
Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies

Cookies

Initial Investment: $183K - $317K

# 144
Nathan's Famous Inc.

Nathan's Famous Inc.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, seafood, chicken, cheesesteaks

Initial Investment: $276K - $1.1M

# 145
Griswold Home Care

Griswold Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $99K - $121K

# 146
Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $5K - $45K

# 147
Primrose School Franchising Co.

Primrose School Franchising Co.

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $659K - $5.5M

# 148
Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

Window cleaning

Initial Investment: $78K - $140K

# 149
Once Upon A Child

Once Upon A Child

New and used children's clothing, equipment, furniture, toys

Initial Investment: $245K - $377K

# 150
One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

Residential HVAC service/replacement

Initial Investment: $74K - $541K

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Understanding the Ranking

There's a lot that goes into putting together the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Entrepreneur's 37th annual Franchise 500®.

The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

Only franchise companies that supply a full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing. To be eligible for the Franchise 500®, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one franchise located in the U.S. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the U.S., and it cannot be in Chapter 11 at the time the ranking is compiled. (The exception to these rules is Canada-based companies that are expanding only in Canada.)

All companies are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA.

We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style. The objective factors are plugged into our exclusive Franchise 500® formula, with each eligible company receiving a cumulative score.

Remember that the Franchise 500® is not intended to endorse, advertise or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise. Read the FDD and related materials carefully, get help from a franchise attorney and a CPA in reviewing any legal or financial documents, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as possible and visit their outlets. The best way to protect yourself is to do your homework.

Research compiled by Tracy Stapp Herold and J.R. Jimenez with assistance from Hava Arieh, Rick Ignarra, Nicole Jurinek, Yvette Madrid, Jessica Nguyen and Giuseppe Ricapito; technical assistance from Angel Cool and Daniel Sibitzky; financial analysis by David R. Juedes, CPA; graphic design by Karen Meneghin.

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